Tadas Blinda. The Legend Is Born
Set against the backdrop of some of the most picturesque scenery in Eastern Europe, Tadas Blinda. The Legend is Born is a historical romantic adventure in which a story of love, honor and freedom unfold in the restless outskirts of the Russian Empire in the 19th century.
Its 1861, and the country is engulfed in political turmoil and civil unrest. Tensions rise as high as the stakes of those in power who seek to prevent the imminent abolishment of serfdom at any cost. When an innocent Midsummer celebration in a remote village turns into a slaughter, Tadas unexpectedly finds himself in the middle of a rebellion, with dozens of men at his command. Now he is faced with the tormenting choice between his duty as a rebel leader, and his love for the daughter of the sworn enemy. The ensuing doubts, suffering and death of his comrades force Tadas to take responsibility for both his own actions and the lives of his loved ones and to make a stand against evildoers of the Empire. While fighting for freedom, justice and love, Tadas discovers values that are worth living and dying for.
Donatas Ulvydas (b. 1975) is award-winning, young generation director. He also makes TV programs, commercials and music videos. In 2009 he co-directed feature documentary The Bug Trainer which won The Silver Crane for the best directing. Tadas Blinda. The Beginning is his first feature film. Within a short period of time the film became hit No 1 in the box-office, when its attendance has exceeded the popularity of foreign production and has become the most watchable Lithuanian film of all time.
Selected filmography: Foje 14 (2000, doc.), The Bug Trainer (2008, doc., Kino pavasaris), Tadas Blinda. The Legend is Born (2011, Kino pavasaris).
- Year: 2011
- Country: Lithuania
- Runtime: 110 min.
- Director: Donatas Ulvydas
- Screenwriter: Jonas Banys
- Actors: Mantas Jankavičius, Donatas Banionis, Tatjana Liutajeva, Agnė Ditkovskytė, Dainius Kazlauskas, Antanas Šurna, Vidas Petkevičius, Jokūbas Bareikis
- Producer: Žilvinas Naujokas
- Cinematographer: Ramūnas Greičius
- Company: Tauras Films
- Dialogs: Lithuanian, Russian
- Subtitles: Lithuanian
- Classification: T